EU back in Afghanistan after Taliban takeover — Analysis
A European Commission spokesperson has confirmed that the union has begun to “re-establish a minimal presence” in Afghanistan
The European Union has emerged as the West’s first institution. “re-establish” its presence in Afghanistan after the EU member states and other nations abandoned the country ahead of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August.
“The EU has started to re-establish a minimal presence of international EU Delegation staff to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and monitor the humanitarian situation,” European Commission Foreign Affairs Spokesman Peter Stano confirmed.
The Taliban tweeted ahead of the EU’s statement that the EU had “officially opened its embassy with a permanent presence in Kabul & practically commenced operations” after “reaching an understanding”Between the militant group and the bloc.
Even though the EU returned to the Middle East country, it refused to recognise the Taliban-led administration in Afghanistan as the official government. They were called the “de facto authorities.”
This move by the European Commission follows the invitation from Norway’s Foreign Ministry to Taliban officials to Oslo for talks with members of the Afghan civil society and the international community.
“These meetings do not represent a legitimization or recognition of the Taliban. We must speak to de facto officials in the country. We cannot allow the political situation to lead to an even worse humanitarian disaster,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said.
Taliban announced the scheduled visit Friday and stated that a high-ranking delegation headed by Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Foreign Ministry, will depart for Oslo Saturday.
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